A loan of $700 helped to buy cement, bricks, sand, gravel and iron.

Maira Del Carmen's story

Maira del Carmen, 27, lives together with her life partner and two underage children who are 10 and 3 in a house of their own. She sells pupusas [thick corn tortillas], tostadas [crispy tortillas with toppings] and tamales, working every day to support her family. Her husband helps her with the home expenses.

Maira del Carmen is a woman devoted to her job and to her family. She wants to provide them with the best, but she is aware of her limitations. Their house is located in a rural area and she has been thinking for a while that she wants to build a retaining wall in order to prevent a landslide from happening because of the rain. She hopes to be able to start the works as soon as possible but does not have enough resources to cover the cost of the construction materials.

She used her first loan from FUSAI to build a cottage and is now requesting a new loan to buy cement, bricks, sand, gravel and iron. Maira del Carmen feels happy with the help she is receiving and promises to pay back the loan according to plan.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Santiago Mejía Dugand

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